Archive for July, 2011

The World in Your Cup

Posted in Uncategorized on July 27, 2011 by stevemccurry

Tea and Coffee | What the World Drinks

 PAKISTAN-10032

Breakfast tea being passed between cars on the railway
between Peshawar and Lahore, Pakistan

 

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of
understanding truth and beauty. 

- Japanese Proverb

 

INDIA-10582NFTea seller carries kettle in monsoon water, Porbandar, India

 

AFGHN-10028NF5 Kamdesh, Afghanistan

 

The earliest record of tea consumption were in China with records dating back to the 10th century B.C.E.

 

AFGHN-12350NF Maimana, Afghanistan 

 

 

We haven’t had any tea for a week.
The bottom is out of the Universe.
- Rudyard Kipling

 

 TIBET-10567Kham, Tibet

 

BANGLADESH-10015Tea Estate, Bangladesh

 

You can never get a cup of tea large enough
or a book long enough to suit me. 
– C.S. Lewis

 

SRILANKA-10072Tea tasting, Colombo, Sri Lanka

 

VIETNAM-10020Vietnam 

 

 

 Coffee should be black as Hell, strong as death, and sweet as love.
 –  Turkish Proverb

 

TURKEY-10003NFIstanbul, Turkey

 

It is believed that the earliest use of coffee was in Ethiopia. 
It spread to Yemen by the fifteenth century, and to the rest of the
Middle East, Turkey, Persia, North Africa and then to
Europe and the Americas.

 

IRAQ-10033nsMen enjoy tobacco and thimblefuls of thick, bitter coffee in Baghdad, Iraq

 

HONDURAS-10006NF3La Fortuna, Honduras

 

BRAZIL-10011NF9Lombari, Brazil

 

COLOMBIA-10005NFCoffee harvesting, Colombia

  

 PERU-10013NFPeru 

 

  The powers of a man’s mind are directly proportioned to the quantity of coffee he drinks.
- Sir James Mackintosh

BRAZIL-10014NF8, Lavazza, Brazil, 08/2010Brazil

 

Ah! How sweet coffee tastes!

Lovelier than a thousand kisses,

sweeter far than muscatel wine!

I must have my coffee.

-  Johann Sebastian Bach
Kaffee Kantate

SOUTH_AFRICA-10003Capetown, South Africa

 

 

INDIA-11023Shekhar Kapur, Film Director and Producer, Mumbai, India 

 

No one can understand the truth until he drinks of
coffee’s frothy goodness. 

Sheik Abd-al-Kadir

 

 YUGOSLAVIA-10001

Montenegro 

 

 

Steve McCurry in L’Aquila, Italy
Photo by Claudio Marcozzi/Photoland
 

MUSEUM OPENING

ISTANBUL MODERN
Istanbul, Turkey
August 2 – September 4, 2011

On and Off the Wall

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2011 by stevemccurry

Street Art | Graffiti, Murals, Posters, and Signs

 BURMA-10365NF4Inside a bell at a pilgrimage site, Mingun, Myanmar/Burma

Graffiti has existed since ancient Greece and Rome.  It expresses political and cultural views, and many consider it an art form.

BURMA-10428Myanmar/Burma

 CUBA-10023Havana, Cuba

When there are cultural and political shifts, it is sometimes possible to see the earliest indications  by literally looking at the “writing on the wall.”

CUBA-10017 Havana, Cuba

GERMANY-10055Berlin, Germany

 

 Posters are found in public places all over the world. They are  designed to attract the attention of passers-by and entice them to purchase a particular product or service, make them aware of a political viewpoint, or attend a specific event. If suddenly it were decreed that they all must disappear, it would seem that all color had disappeared from the urban landscape, and the cities would appear a mournful gray.
- Max Gallo

 INDIA-10328NFPoster Studio, Mumbai/Bombay, India

ITALY-10080Venice, Italy 

INDIA-10530Anand, Gujarat, India

INDIA-11029 Dentist’s Clinic, Ujjain, India 

 USA-10167New York, NY

 Throughout the world there have been murals on walls as long as there have been people to scratch them, paint them, etch them, carve them and make them.

USA-10432New York, NY 

 

 

USA-10293Street art on the pavement at Seventh Avenue & Bleecker Street, New York

From the prehistoric cave paintings at Lascaux, France, to the ceremonial and celebratory murals of ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome,
India, and Mesopotamia, the history of murals is long,  rich and varied.

 

USA-10204NF2Los Angeles, California

  Ancient murals often depicted activities in which the people of the time engaged, from religious ceremonies to
scenes of hunting and gathering for sustenance.

- Kaizaad Kotwal

 AFGHN-13103Mujahid, Kabul, Afghanistan

AFGHN-10255 Kunduz, Afghanistan

 AFGHN-12517Young men admiring Movie Poster, Pul-i-Khumri, Afghanistan 

AFGHN-12524 Poster Vendor, Kabul, Afghanistan 

 Posters are mirrors because they reflect and sometimes distort the culture and the customs of the time.
– Max Gallo

FRANCE-10046Metro Station, Paris, France

Nice piece in PhotoShelter blog:
http://blog.photoshelter.com/2011/07/steve-mccurry-the-iconic-photographs-unboxing.html

Alone Together

Posted in Uncategorized on July 16, 2011 by stevemccurry

Please scroll to the bottom for the unpublished portrait of the week. 

 INDIA-10005NF4Holi Festival, Rajasthan, India

Keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best. 
- Epictetus

 MALI-10035Mali

 

INDIA-10202Thrissur Pooram, Kerala, India

BANGLADESH-10007Bangladesh

KASHMIR-10100Srinagar, Kashmir

  YUGOSLAVIA-10068Serbia

TIBET-10510Amdo, Tibet

No road is long with good company.
– Turkish Proverb

 AFGHN-10037NFHerat, Afghanistan

TIBET-10114NF2 Prayer Flags, Machen, Tibet

AFGHN-12804 Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan

CAMBODIA-10359Angkor Wat, Cambodia

BURMA-10343NF4Myanmar, Burma

 MOROCCO-10032Morocco

 It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us.
- Epicurus (341 – 270 BCE) Greek philosopher.

ITALY-10125NF3Sicily, Italy

 YEMEN-10146Yemen 

 GERMANY-10002Flechtingen, Germany

CHINA-10064China

YUGOSLAVIA-10057 Macedonia

 Unpublished Portrait of the Week

PARAGUAY-10018Paraguay 

CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

M U S E U M S

CASAL DE SOLLERIC
Palma, Majorca, Spain
June 16 – September 4, 2011

ISTANBUL MODERN
Istanbul, Turkey
August 2 – September 4, 2011

ENGLISH THEATRE FRANKFURT
Frankfurt, Germany
August 24 – September 30, 2011

CARL SCHUZ HAUS
Freiburg, Germany
October 13 – November 14, 2011

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Rome, Italy
December 1, 2011 – May 1, 2012

G A L L E R I E S

CHRIS BEETLES FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHS
3-5 Swallow Street
London W1B 4DE
September 7 – 24, 2011

PETER FETTERMAN GALLERY
2525 Michigan Ave #A1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
September 10 – December 1, 2011

OPEN SHUTTER GALLERY
735 Main Avenue
Durango, CO
September 9 – October 21, 2011

Nice post on the Photoshelter blog today.

http://blog.photoshelter.com/2011/07/steve-mccurry-the-iconic-photographs-unboxing.html

Language of Looking

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2011 by stevemccurry

Please scroll to the bottom for the unseen portrait of the week. 

 There are many ways to describe the ways that people look at each other and the world.  We peek, stare, glance, gaze, gape, glare, and peer.  We also examine, contemplate, squint, and observe.

 

 INDIA-10216Jodhpur, India

BURMA-10151Yangon, Myanmar/Burma

GERMANY-10061 Berlin, Germany

The question is not what you look at, but what you see. 
 – Henry David Thoreau 

YUGOSLAVIA-10069Croatia

AFGHN-13002Kabul, Afghanistan

AFGHN-13295Afghanistan

AFGHN-12691NFnsKabul, Afghanistan

INDIA-10731Thirumullaivayil, India

One of the most wonderful things in nature is a glance of the eye; it transcends speech; it is the bodily
symbol of identity. 

- Ralph Waldo Emerson 

INDIA-10757Train to Peshawar, Pakistan

BURMA-10394NF5Myanmar/Burma

PARAGUAY-10030Paraguay

TIBET-10303NFBarkhor Quarter, Lhasa, Tibet

It’s the way to educate your eyes.  Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop.  Die knowing something.  You are not here long.
– Walker Evans  

SPAIN-10020Reina Sofia, National Museum of Art, Madrid, Spain

If you look at a thing 999 times, you are perfectly safe; if you look at it for the 1000th time,
you are in danger of seeing it for the first time.
–  G. K. Chesterton 

INDIA-11085Jaipur, India

I used to try to figure out precisely what I was seeing all the time, until I discovered I didn’t need to.
If the thing is there, why, there it is.
– Walker Evans

CAMBODIA-10311A man examines photographs of victims of the Khmer Rouge’s S-21 prison camp, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 Unseen Portrait of the WeekPAKISTAN-10011Baluchistan, Pakistan

The Power of Nature

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 1, 2011 by stevemccurry

 Please scroll to the bottom for the Unpublished Portrait of the Week

JAPAN-10060Japan

JAPAN-10072Japan

The word tsunami comes from two Japanese words: tsu, which means harbor, and nami, which means wave.

 JAPAN-10105 Japan

JAPAN-10084Japan

 In March  2011, Japan suffered from one of most violent earthquakes in history. 

JAPAN-10057Japan

 Its coastline shifted by as much thirteen feet to the east.

JAPAN-10071Japan

 The tsunami spawned by the earthquake destroyed virtually everything in its wake.

JAPAN-10100Japan

INDONESIA-10001NF6Duckweed carpets the water in a girl’s front yard at Bojonegoro, Java, Indonesia

Covering the monsoons  entailed day after day wallowing in filthy
water up to my
chest, or standing in the street in a torrential downpour, my shoulder aching from the umbrella
propped in my armpit, and an impatient assistant wishing he were somewhere else.

INDIA-10405NFPorbandar, Gujarat, India

I spent four days, in the flooded city of Gujarat, India, wading around the streets in waist-deep water that was filled with
bloated animal carcasses and other waste material.

INDIA-10436Porbandar, Gujarat, India


The fetid water enveloped me leaving a greasy film over my
clothes and body.  Every night I returned to my flooded hotel,
empty except for a nightwatchman, and bathed my shriveled feet in disinfectant.

INDIA-10220Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi, India

INDIA-10307NGoa, India

 Hurricane Katrina which hit New Orleans in August  2005,  was one of the deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States.
Almost two thousand people died in the hurricane and the flood which followed.

USA-10136New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina

USA-10139NFNew Orleans, United States

USA-10129New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

USA-10130New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

On December 26, 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed over 230,000 people in fourteen countries.

 SRILANKA-10048Four days after the tsunami hit Sri Lanka’s coastline
A man prays for the victims 

UNSEEN / UNPUBLISHED PORTRAIT OF THE WEEK

USA-10387 Texas, United States 

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